Mak­ing a move to Diss

This bor­der town makes the most of a great lo­ca­tion, says Stephanie Ball

EDP Norfolk - - PROPERTY -

Take a drive into the cen­tre of the East Anglian coun­try­side, right to the bor­der of Nor­folk and Suf­folk – and you’ll find the mar­ket town of Diss.

Po­si­tioned less than an hour away from both Ip­swich and Nor­wich, this hand­some town is home to 7,500 peo­ple, with ap­prox­i­mately 40,000 more res­i­dents liv­ing in the out­ly­ing vil­lages.

If you are trav­el­ling, Diss is hand­ily placed on the main Nor­wich to Lon­don train line, but there is no rea­son to go far when ev­ery­thing you need is right on your doorstep.

For 500 years the town cen­tre has boasted weekly mar­kets and to­day they are still go­ing strong, full of lo­cally-sourced goods and pro­duce. A com­mu­nity farm group works to­gether to keep food sup­plies lo­cal, eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able.

Lo­cal shops fill the high street and there are restau­rants, pubs and cafés to cater for ev­ery taste. The re­cently re­fur­bished Corn Hall is at the heart of much of the town ac­tion, run­ning work­shops in ev­ery­thing from box­ing to pho­tog­ra­phy and hold­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions, fam­ily events, and mu­sic. The grade II listed build­ing has been ex­ten­sively up­dated but still re­tains its at­trac­tive clas­si­cal fea­tures.

Arts groups are also a big part of life in Diss. From a rock and soul choir to a wood­turn­ing club, there are ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery­one can get in­volved in. Diss’s al­paca farm is also great for chil­dren and adults alike, and Ban­ham Zoo is only a 15-minute drive away.

With mu­se­ums, a town li­brary and three high schools within a five-mile ra­dius, Diss is wellserved in the ed­u­ca­tion field.

The prop­er­ties in the town cen­tre and Fair Green area, par­tic­u­larly along Den­mark Street, have many semi-de­tached and ter­raced pe­riod cot­tages or Vic­to­rian town­houses. North of the town cen­tre to the Shelfanger Road and Roy­don Road there are new-build de­vel­op­ments cater­ing for all needs.

Diss is sur­rounded by na­ture re­serves, in­clud­ing its very own mere and ad­join­ing park right in the heart of the town cen­tre. The ori­gins of the six-acre lake re­main a mys­tery, but it’s a pop­u­lar part of the town’s her­itage.

One of the new­est wood­land ar­eas – Quaker Wood – is now filled with wild­flow­ers and, as it was only planted in 2008, will be a plea­sure to watch ma­ture over the years to come.

ABOVE: The mere and town sign

BELOW:A pi­rate driv­ing a trac­tor? Has to be Diss car­ni­val...

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